Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Saint Lucia instead of Malaysia, you would:


live 2.6 years longer

In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Saint Lucia, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

be 26.3% more likely to be obese

In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Saint Lucia, that number is 19.7% of people as of 2016.


make 50.5% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Saint Lucia, the GDP per capita is $14,400 as of 2017.

be 5.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Saint Lucia, that number is 20.0% as of 2003.


be 11.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Saint Lucia, on the other hand, 10.1 children do as of 2020.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Saint Lucia, 117.0 women do as of 2017.

have 31.7% fewer children

In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Saint Lucia, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 37.4% less likely to have internet access

In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Saint Lucia, about 50.8% do as of 2018.


spend 19.1% less on education

Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Saint Lucia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2018.


see 96.6% less coastline

Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Saint Lucia, that number is 158 km.

Saint Lucia: At a glance

Saint Lucia is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 606 sq km. The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

How big is Saint Lucia compared to Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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